"They eat rice."

Translation:Ils mangent du riz.

January 27, 2013



I don't know when to use 'Elles' or 'Ils' in these kinds of sentences. Anybody got advice on this please?

February 22, 2013


By default, you would use "ils" since it can pertain to only males or males and females. However, "elles" pertains to only girls. It there is a single boy in that group, it immediately becomes "ils."

April 8, 2013


Depends what You want to say. So in this example, both are correct.

March 28, 2013


Il: he,it Ils: they a: has av: have, you have. (avons, before they, they have) Les garçons boivent de l'eau (instead Le, use Les before 'garcon s')

August 15, 2013


I thought both were correct with no context - I chose the 'Elles' option and got it wrong :(

April 30, 2017


Its always masculine unless they group is entirely composed of women. If one man is present, it is ils. If it is vague, like "they" it is ils.

December 26, 2013


Elles - female and ils is gor male

January 4, 2018


Elles for girls & ils for boys

April 11, 2018


when do you use du and when do you use de

April 18, 2013


When the object is masculine, use "du". Eg, "Je bois du vin." When it's feminine, use "de la". Eg, "Je bois de la bière."

"du" here basically means "de le". (Just note "De le" is not used in french, only ever "du".)

September 11, 2014


I can't believe it! This was a duolingo mistake completely. I'm taking a screenshot. I selected "Ils mangent du riz" which was one of the right answers and yet it was wrong.

March 23, 2017


You need to select both of the correct answers

July 6, 2017


Why can't I use "Ce" for "They"?

March 22, 2013


I believe that Ce stands for this...

February 10, 2014


The article is constantly throwing me off. Having to put "Ils mangent DU riz" is the most annoying thing in world! Anyone else agree?

August 1, 2014


isn't elles supposed to be right? i don't get it

December 13, 2016


Why can't I say "Mangent-ils du riz"?

September 4, 2013


You would use that form if you were askimg a question.

December 25, 2013


When would you use "du" and when would you use "du le"?

September 12, 2014


i always made the sentence like ils mangent le riz....i really have no idea about when shoud i use "de" in sentences

September 13, 2014


le, la, les, l' (the)
Ils mangent le riz = The eat the rice.

de, du, de la, d' (some)
Ils mangent du riz = They eat (some) rice. [some is optional and the meaning is understood.]

February 8, 2017


When do I use mangeon and when do I use mangent?

February 19, 2015


I can help you with this! :)

French follows a format for verbs. They are used with the pronom sujets (je, tu, il, elle, nous, vous, ils, elles). Verbs are divided into three groups namely, <<er>>, <<ir>>, <<re>>. The last two letters of a verb (er/ir/re) helps to classify the verbs. These are called radicals.

To conjugate a verb belonging to the <<er>> group, you need to remove the radical and add these endings: -e, -es, -e, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent, -ent.
For example:
<<parler>> - to speak
Je parle
Tu parles
Il parle
Elle parle
Nous parlons
Vous parles
Ils parlent
Elles parlent

However, there are some exceptions in French verbs in the the <<er>> group. One of them is the <<ger>> radical. All verbs that end with -ger have this conjugation pattern: -e, -es, -e, -e, -eons(notice the extra e), -ez, -ent, -ent.
For example:
<<manger>> - to eat
Je mange (I eat)
Tu manges (you eat)
Il mange (he eats)
Elle mange (She eats)
Nous mangeons (We eat) (!)
Vous mangez (You eat)
Ils mangent (They eat)
Elles mangent (They eat)

Other verbs that follow the same pattern: <<ranger>> (to tidy), <<nager>> (to swim), <<changer>> (to swim), <<voyager>> (to travel).

So, the difference between mangeons and mangent is the conjugation and the pronouns used. Well, what are they? I explained this just now! :)

Bonne chance avec tes langues! :)

February 8, 2017


Wow!! Thank you.

February 28, 2017


Elles and ills mean they

November 23, 2016


Elles = They (used for feminine references)
Ils = They (used for masculine references)

February 8, 2017


With this, honestly, "They" is not specified with the men or the women, and sometimes it will correct me to say "Ils" when I say "Ce" or to say "Ce" when I say "Ils"....very frustrating.

March 17, 2013


Why can't I just say "Mangent du riz"?

September 3, 2013


Unlike Spanish, in French, you have to use the pronoun.

December 25, 2013


Why do we use (du) in french

October 16, 2016


Dermius, its both.

January 5, 2017


why am i getting wrong on a question that is right...?

January 10, 2017


What did you type? :)

February 8, 2017


I kept selecting this option, "Ils mangent du riz." as the transalation, I was continually told that the transalation was wrong! I alst tries "Elles", but that wasn't accepted either.

March 17, 2017


i clicked the correct answer more than six times then i tried to skipped then my practice quiz was over

June 17, 2017


Is anyone else facing a problem where no matter which answer they choose its wrong

June 25, 2017


They do say mark all correct translations

July 4, 2017


When I pick "Ils mangent du riz" It tells me I'm incorrect..

July 6, 2017


You need to mark all the correct translations not just one of the correct answers

July 6, 2017


Is it feminine, masculine, or no gender? I don't understand why it is both "Elle mange du riz" and "Ils mangent du riz instead of the first one, which is feminine. Could someone please explain?

July 19, 2017


Do you have to use "Du"? Can you just say "Ils mangent riz."?

August 14, 2017


What is this how does it translate

December 18, 2017


Can't it be just Ils mangent riz ?

January 6, 2018



February 8, 2018


How do I know when to put "du" in the sentence?

October 25, 2018


De + la = du. When is it appropriate to use "du" or "de la"

December 17, 2018
Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.